29th > September > 2004 Archive
Tony Blair has pledged to end the "digital divide" by 2008 - if the Labour Party wins the next election. Speaking at his party's conference in Brighton, the Prime Minister delivered ten things a "future Labour third term can do for Britain's hard-working families".
Competition Commissioner Mario Monti suffered an embarrassing defeat in a Luxembourg court this week - it ruled that his decision on the Sprint-Worldcom merger was illegal.
OpinionIn the heady days of the dotcom boom, online exchanges grew with surprising rapidity, touted as the ultimate platform for more efficiently communicating and trading with business partners. Not many survived.
Travel company Cendant, the owner of Avis and Budget car hire firms, is in advanced talks to buy travel website Orbitz for $1bn.
This year's National Computing Centre survey on UK IT spending shows slightly more pessimism than last year. Some 53 per cent of respondents expect IT spending to rise, 39 per cent expect a fall and the rest expect no change. But the median growth rate in IT spending across all sectors was 1.9 per cent, up from last year's figure of 1.4 per cent.
BT is doubling the speed of its broadband connections at no extra costs for business users. It said the Business Broadband Network speed hike, along with better service levels, showed its "continuing drive to give our business customers the tools they need to really harness broadband".
We in the press find recalls and corrections a big help. We get a hell of a lot of junk that we assume is dull and therefore throw away without reading, often without even noticing, but the shrill words RECALL!!" or "CORRECTION!!!!" signify to us that there is something somebody has decided they'd rather not have said, or that they'd rather we didn't read. We dive straight into the trash, and although frequently the original remains very dull indeed and is immediately retrashed, sometimes it isn't.
PalmSource finally unveiled its new OS, version 1.1 of Palm OS Cobalt, as "the first PalmOS designed specifically to support phones". The unveiling was done here in Munich, at the Euro developers conference this week. CEO David Nagel said: "If you want to make a wireless data device, it will be much simpler, faster in the future than it was in the past."
A new version of the infamous Bagle worm series is spreading widely across the net.
The Earth Simulator, an NEC supercomputer, is surpassed, at last. IBM announced yesterday that its Blue Gene/L supercomputer had achieved a sustained performance of 36.01 teraflops, or 36.01 trillion floating point calculations per second. Earth Simulator's highest recorded performance is 35.86 teraflops.
Six men - including a serving Metropolitan Police officer - have been arrested today concerning the alleged illegal interception of private phone calls carried out for clients of a central London detective agency.
The British Computer Society (BCS) has designed a tool to help companies manage the career progression and develop the skills of its IT staff.
All good technology eventually becomes invisible, and Yahoo! has taken a step to making the much-hyped RSS push protocol disappear into its portal. The web giant previewed a new version of its My Yahoo! offering yesterday.
The UK government yesterday announced plans to introduce electronic embarkation controls at UK ports by the end of the year.
UpdatedBurt Rutan's SpaceShipOne is scheduled to blast off at 14.47 BST this afternoon for the first of its flights aimed at securing the $10m X-Prize.
Toshiba is to put sub-1in hard drives into volume production by the end of the year, the company has said.
Intel today rolled out its latest notebook-oriented CPU, the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 548.
VIA's graphics chip subsidiary, S3, will see its GammaChrome 3D part appear in retail boards in the Far East in Q4, the company's CFO said today.
A lucky 6 million travellers on riskier air routes are to begin to experience the first phase of the UK version of US-VISIT/CAPPS II by the end of this year. The government has not as yet specified the routes "chosen on the basis of risk assessments by the border agencies", so we are in no position to gauge the likely complexion or religious persuasion of the first wave of victims, but one may surmise.
Seagate has begun shipping the 100GB 2.5in notebook hard drive it launched back in June and is pitching the part at system builders keen to enter the mobile market using barebone laptops.
Nine in ten IT professionals are unaware of recent law changes regarding the storing of child abuse images that might later be used in an investigation by police.
ABIT today launched its first ATI-based graphics cards to incorporate overclocking software derived from the code its ships with its overclockable motherboards.
Computer Associates is to shed 800 staff worldwide, in $70m-a-year cost-cutting moves. The restructure will affect nearly all departments, beginning with a hunt for marketing efficiencies and improved productivity in the company's development business, the software firm said today.
3GPP, the organisation behind third-generation mobile phone network standards, has selected MPEG 4's High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) as its codec of choice for 3G-delivered audio content.
A 22-year-old Chinese computer student has been jailed for four years for running a porn site. State media reports that the student - known only by his surname Xie - was arrested in July for flogging XXX flicks.
US consumer losses as a result of phishing scams have reached approximately $500m, according to a survey out today.
Just one week after wooing Wall Street, Sun Microsystems has secured a financial services win on the other side of The Pond.
Biometric reading technology is to be installed in all UK hospitals and doctor's surgeries, Home Office minister Hazel Blears told Bloomberg earlier today. This will make healthcare conditional on eligibility, and potentially put the government on a collision course with doctors and healthcare workers, who are likely to resist being forced to deny treatment or to administer the government's surveillance systems.